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by George Malik on 02/23/11 at 03:47 PM ET
Updated 6x with Eaves out news at 2 PM EST: It’s difficult to read the tea leaves on this one: Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves left during the second period of the Wings’ 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks with what the team described as a “lower-body” injury, and MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Eaves will have an MRI to determine whether he’ll miss time with his knee and/or leg injury today:
Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves will have an MRI today to determine the extent of his knee/leg injury, general manager Ken Holland said. Eaves was hurt midway through the second period of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to San Jose, when he delivered a check on Torrey Mitchell and their knees collided.
If Eaves is out for Thursday’s game against Dallas, the Red Wings will need to recall a forward from the Grand Rapids Griffins (likely Jan Mursak), unless Valtteri Filppula is ready to play. He’s been out since Feb. 7 with a sprained knee but said he expects to return either Thursday or Saturday.
Also of Wings-related note this afternoon (expect this post to be updated as practice news rolls in):
• Wings prospect Daniel Larsson earned a mention in Bill Meltzer’s report about the Swedish Eliteserien’s playoff race on NHL.com:
In goal, HV 71 has one of the best netminders in the Elitserien. After a two-season stint in the Detroit Red Wings’ minor league system, Daniel Larsson has returned home to Sweden to post a 2.47 GAA, .921 save percentage and 2 shutouts in 41 starts for HV 71. His backup, Andreas Andersson, has appeared in the other 9 games.
• The Wings are reminding fans that they’re participating in a suite giveaway with TGI Friday’s...
• And finally, for the moment, anyway, Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski posted a list of the top 20 trade deadline moves, and the Wings make his list on a repeated basis:
20. March 20, 1996: Kirk Maltby traded from Edmonton Oilers to Detroit Red Wings for Dan McGillis.
Too small-scale? Consider that Maltby would go on to become a key defensive cog on four Stanley Cup champions after pulling a minus-29 in parts of three years with the Oil. An essential building block for the Winged Wheel dynasty.
16. March 18, 1997: Larry Murphy traded from Toronto Maple Leafs to Detroit Red Wings for future considerations.
The veteran defenseman was an underwhelming performer and a lightning rod for criticism during his time with the Leafs, so they shipped him to Detroit and agreed to pay part of his salary. That spring, he led the playoffs with a plus-16, did the same as a plus-12 the following postseason and drowned out any critics back in Toronto with two (more) Stanley Cup rings plugged in his ears.
5. March 23, 1999: Chris Chelios traded to Detroit Red Wings by Chicago Blackhawks for Anders Eriksson and Detroit’s 1st round choices in 1999 (Steve McCarthy) and 2001 (Adam Munro) Entry Drafts, March 23, 1999.
In 1999, Chelios denied asking out of Chicago, via the Chicago Tribune:
“I swear on four of my kids’ heads that that’s not true at all,” Chelios said. “I have no interest in being traded anywhere. There is no such thing as that type of deal. As bad as things are right now, I want to be here when this thing turns around and lead the charge.”
The ‘Hawks had other designs, dealing him to the rival Red Wings for two first-round picks that became a journeyman (McCarthy) and a goalie who played 17 NHL games (Munro). Chelios, meanwhile, would play nine more seasons and collect two Stanley Cup rings with Detroit.
Both Murphy and Chelios helped Nicklas Lidstrom evolve into the defenseman he is today, and we all know about Chelios’s lasting effects upon the Wings’ levels of physical fitness and dedication in the weight room. I’d also rank the Wings’ pre-deadline moves in acquiring Igor Larionov from the Vancouver Canucks and Vyacheslav Fetisov from the New Jersey Devils back in 1995 as some of their most significant additions as the two helped the Russian 5 take flight.
Update 12:57 PM: Winging it in Motown’s Casey Ritchey engaged in a Q and A with Wings prospect Brendan Smith;
And the Grand Rapids Press’s Michel Zuidema reports that the Sled Wings defeated the Griffins 11-1 in a charity sledge hockey game (update: the Griffins’ Facebook page posted a massive photo gallery from the event).
Update 1 PM: Fox Sports Detroit’s Ken Daniels appeared on “The Huge Show” today:
And if we ever needed an indication as to how “banged up” Patrick Eaves is, the Wings’ Twitter account just announced that Eaves won’t appear at the Meijer in Westland today from 5-7 PM, with John O’Grodnick subbing instead.
Update 1:32 PM: Per the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:
Quick update from Wednesday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena. Patrick Eaves will not play Thursday against the Dallas Stars. He had an MRI performed on his lower-body injury. There was no update after practice on what was found.
Valtteri Filppula took part in his first full practice since spraining his left MCL. He will not play against the Stars, but it hopeful to return Saturday in Buffalo.
The Wings will more than likely have to call someone up from Grand Rapids to fill Eaves’ void.
Brad Stuart had some work done on his jaw and didn’t skate. Nicklas Lidstrom said he expects Stuart to play Thursday.
Stuart probably had the titanium and/or stainless steel pegs removed from his surgical sites.
Update 1:36 PM: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:
Coach Mike Babcock said the team was awaiting results of forward Patrick Eaves’ MRI on his leg but he won’t play Thursday at home against Dallas (7:30 p.m., FSD).
Center Valtteri Filppula also won’t play Thursday, but hopes to return Saturday in Buffalo, along with Mike Modano. Filppula got in his first full practice Wednesday since suffering a sprained left MCL on Feb. 7.
“Did some battling drills, felt pretty good so I’m hopeful for Saturday,’’ Filppula said. “Trying to be smart. Hopefully there won’t be any setbacks. Get a couple more practices, get more confidence that it’s going to be good.’‘
Babcock said the team will recall a forward from the Grand Rapids Griffins today for Thursday’s game. He said he wasn’t sure which player would be recalled.
Defenseman Brad Stuart missed practice to have the braces removed from his teeth following his broken jaw on Jan. 7. Stuart will play Thursday.
Khan also reports that Mike Modano “worked in” with the Wings’ top lines during practice.
Update 1:46 PM: The Sporting News’s Criag Custance updated his power rankings with trade deadline-related quips:
3. Detroit Red Wings (3): Without much cap room to work with, Ken Holland’s plans hinge on Chris Osgood’s health. Osgood is nearing a return, which means there’s less pressure to add goalie help.
update 2:00 PM: Per the Free Press’s George Sipple:
The Detroit Red Wings likely will call up a forward from Grand Rapids (AHL) for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena. Wings forwards Valtteri Filppula (knee) and Mike Modano (wrist) won’t be available but are expected to return for Saturday’s game at the Buffalo Sabres.
Coach Mike Babcock said forward Patrick Eaves also will be unavailable for Thursday’s game, but he didn’t have any further update about his lower-body injury.
“We’re checking him out and see what happens,” Babcock said. “He won’t be playing tomorrow.”
Filppula centered a line with Justin Abdelkader and Tomas Holmstrom in practice today and made it through the full skate, which included contact drills.
“It was basically the first real practice, after I had a few pregame skates,” Filppula said. “It felt pretty good. I’m hopeful for Saturday.”
Update 2:22 PM: the Wings’ website posted “NHL on the Fly’s” preview of Thursday’s Wings-Stars game:
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